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We'll be there next April, but I don't plan on worrying about it until maybe Feb. Worst thing that happens is the ship diverts to another port or adds a sea day, could be worse.smslms, are you on The Azamara Quest by any chance?
smslms, are you on The Azamara Quest by any chance?Hi David,
As of today:I agree completely with Cruiseerf. You should not miss Bangkok for Singapore! As a former resident of Bangkok for five years (as an American expat) I can tell you that, unfortunately, these political uprisings take place periodically. But don't worry, if you stay away from the "hot spots" you will have absolutely nothing to fear. Bangkok is very safe and is one of the most interesting tourist cities in the world. I have been in touch with friends in Bangkok who tell me things have settled down and all is back to normal. I really would not worry about it. If the situation worsens and there is any danger to tourists, the government will declare those parts of the city off-limits to tourists. Don't miss Bangkok!
Bangkok is SPOTLESS....over 40,000 Thai volunteers scrubbed the city last week and today it is cleaner then it has been in over a year. If you didn't know what happened, there is no evidence of the protests.
As of now, open diologue is going on. All US residents and gvt employees have been cleared to go back to homes in middle of the "red" zone for those of us who were close by the action.
All tourists sights are open. Shopping is AMAZING...as everything is on sale big time. No crowds and actually a great time to visit as there are not throngs of tourists at the sights which is brilliant.
I think at this point, there are still problems in the heavily Muslim Southern part of Thailand....but this has been going on for 10's of years and this is not reflective of the last protests.
There are threats all over the world.....I would not want to miss Thailand and end up in Singapore....ugh. It is like going to a North Chicago suburb....which is lovely in the USA but not after traveling 24 hours away to vist, and learn from new cultures. Travel involves accepting risks.
Enjoy and safe travels to all!
I am finally getting a little unnerved about the Bangkok port of call on my Asia cruise in January. I know it's far out but the unrest has been going on for many months and it looks to be getting quite serious. Our ship has 2 nights scheduled and we dock in Bangkok not Laem Chabang so it will be difficult to get around the violence. Does anyone have an idea about how Azamara may overcome this issue, as it is not just a day call or one overnight.We have a deposit on Azamara for January to go from Hong Kong to Singapore. I have hesitated to make plane reservations until we figure out what is happening in Bangkock. My TA cant seem to get a "plan B" from Azamara. My other concern is the very long flight to Hong Kong. We are in the midwest and might plan to go to SFO to break up the trip and fly from there. Anyone know of any reasonable? business class fares?
We have a deposit on Azamara for January to go from Hong Kong to Singapore. I have hesitated to make plane reservations until we figure out what is happening in Bangkock. My TA cant seem to get a "plan B" from Azamara. My other concern is the very long flight to Hong Kong. We are in the midwest and might plan to go to SFO to break up the trip and fly from there. Anyone know of any reasonable? business class fares?If you are sailing from HKG to SIN, Bangkok should not be a concern.
My Scheduled cruise which was originally to disembark in Bangkok has been diverted to Singapore in January. I had great business class tickets from Bangkok back to the states on Cathay Pacific but must start in Bangkok(to change to Singapore requires canceling the ticket and starting all over from Singapore and then would probably lose the transpacific part of the ticket.) I can get a flight from Singapore to Bangkok but trying to decide whether to just do it throught the airport or try and stay several days is the question Does anybody have any feeling about what will happen as the results of the elections in November and/or have any further suggestions on how to handle this.If actually being in Bangkok is "bad" just before you get there, head north out of town to Kanchanaburi Province. About 2-3 hours north of Bangkok. Bridge on the River Kwai, all the War museums, Tiger Temple, elephant rides, one of the best waterfalls in Asia (Erawan). And for a truly special experience-stay at one of the "floating" hotels and enjoy the boat rides up and down the river they have. There are quite a few and I have stayed in four of them. The River Kwai Jungle Raft hotel is the oldest and most established. It is also the most expensive and the most secluded.